Our Upcoming 2016-2017 Season!
The Time Has Come for Peace
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3:30 PM
Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough
With orchestra and AVM chorus conducted by Dr. Robert Eaton, with the Algonquin Regional High School Chorus, Kathrine Waters, Director.
Soloist- Catherine Hedberg– Mezzo Soprano
Eriks Ešenvalds’ 2015 work The Time Has Come will establish the theme for this concert. Based upon Nelson Mandela’s inauguration speech, this powerful and moving work states that “The time for healing… to bridge the chasms… has come… Let freedom reign.” The Time Has Come Program Notes
“The Armed Man”: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins, first performed by AVM in May 2008, has become a very popular and frequently performed choral work throughout the US. Commissioned for the millennium by the Royal Armouries, UK, and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis, this work is a contemporary example of a mass based on the 15th-century French song “L’Homme Armé” (The Armed Man). The complete composition sets sacred and secular texts including Tennyson, Kipling, The Koran and the Hindu Mahabharata within the framework of the Christian mass. The Armed Man program-notes
Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 3:30 PM
First Church Congregational
37 High St., Marlborough
An annual holiday tradition. Be sure to join AVM in singing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 – 3:30 PM
St. Mark’s School
25 Marlborough Rd., Southborough
Wilhelm Müller, the poet of the art song settings of Schubert, wrote “My songs lead but a half life… until music breathes life into them.” This concert will feature some of the world’s great poems set to music and song. Poets such as Wordsworth, Frost, Teasdale and E.E. Cummings will be represented and composers such as Thompson, Walker, Stroope, and Vasks.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 8:00 PM
St. Mary’s Parish
640 Main St., Shrewsbury
With orchestra and soloists.
The bright and classical Haydn Mass in Time of War with its restless rumblings of war will be followed by Lauridsen’s ethereal and lush Lux Aeterna with its promise of eternal light. Also titled Pauken Messe for its uses of timpani (pauken), Haydn’s work was written at a time when Austria was being mobilized for war. The Mass was perceived by some as anti-war, but its joyful nature at least suggests a happier time.
The powerful emotions and the serenity of Lux Aeterna have been compared by some to Brahm’s A German Requiem. Lauridsen uses exquisite harmonic colors and fluid rhythms to express the feeling and meaning of the text ‘light eternal.’